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HEAD TO WHITE OAK KITCHEN & COCKTAILS FOR A DRAGON CON PARADE PATIO PARTY FOLLOWED BY A BRUNCH BUFFET ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/17/19
Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019  
Science fiction fanatics, super hero junkies and avid comic book readers alike are invited to don their favorite cosplay attire Labor Day weekend during a special Dragon Con Parade Patio Party at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, the patio party will feature a fantastic view of the high-energy parade along with mouthwatering passed appetizers and two alcoholic drink tickets for $50 per person and $30 for attendees ages 21 and under.  Revelers looking to continue celebrating the weekend of fandom can dive into a special Dragon Con Brunch Buffet on Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $55 a person.
To make reservations and purchase tickets to White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails Dragon Con Patio Party and/or Brunch Buffet, visit https://www.freshtix.com/events/dragoncon-patio-party–brunch-buffet. To make reservations for the Dragon Con Sunday Brunch Buffet, visit https://www.freshtix.com/events/dragoncon-patio-party–brunch-buffet-2.

GRANT PARK SUMMER SHADE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LIVE MUSIC LINEUP AND SCHEDULE FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL EVENT

 

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/15/19

Featuring Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and Many More


Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019


The Grant Park Conservancy has revealed the live music lineup and schedule for the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 2019. Earning a reputation as a must-attend event to see some of the hottest up-and-coming bands, local talent and notable favorites, festival goers are invited to watch two days of nonstop high-energy performances. Featuring a diverse lineup for all tastes, 2019 artists include Blair Crimmins, Stripped, Cicada Rhythm, Common Ground, Old Ceremony, Mafia do Samba, ASH, R.A.H and many more.


Produced by and benefiting the Grant Park Conservancy, the 2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is open to all ages and free to attend. In addition to the impressive music lineup, this year’s festival will also have an expansive artist market, a Kids Zone presented by Grant Park Parents Network, the annual Adams Realtors Run for the Park 5K, a diverse selection of local food trucks, wine, frosty beers, craft cocktails and more. Additionally, tickets are now available for the exclusive VIP Lounge. Attendees are invited to relax in a private tent and enjoy complimentary food from a local caterer, premium wines, Monday Night Brewing craft beer, and the Signature Summer Shade Cocktail served in a souvenir cup. Guests are also invited to enjoy private, air-conditioned restrooms, misting stations, lounge seating.  Both single day and weekend VIP tickets are available for purchase at www.summershadefestival.org/vip


2019 Grant Park Summer Shade Music Performer Lineup:


Cherokee Stage:
Saturday, August 24th
10:30 a.m.         Yoga
12:00 p.m.         Pharr
1:00 p.m.           Yes Ma’am
1:55 p.m.           Jimmy Galloway
2:50 p.m.          COT Band
4:05 p.m.          R.A.H
5:00 p.m.          ASH
6:00 p.m.         Mafia do Samba
7:00 p.m.         Common Ground
8:30 p.m.         Stripped

 

Sunday, August 25th
12:00 p.m.         Brother Moon
1:15 p.m.           Captain Crimmins
2:25 p.m.           Old Ceremony
3:50 p.m.           Cicada Rhythm
5:10 p.m.           Blair Crimmins

For the most up to date information about the 17th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival and additional details, visit www.summershadefestival.org

Ninth Annual Piedmont Park Arts Festival

Date: Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th

Time: Varies by day

About: Consistently recognized as one of the best outdoor festivals in Atlanta, the Piedmont Park Arts Festival will return to the picturesque park in the heart of Midtown for its ninth year on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, 2019. A favorite for all ages, the two-day, family-friendly event will feature approximately 250 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalwork artisans, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. Festival goers are also invited to enjoy artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, an expansive artist market, children’s play area, festival foods and beverages, games and much more. The event is free to attend and dogs are welcome.

More Information:

http://piedmontparkartsfestival.com/

CoffeeChamps 2019 at East Pole Coffee

Date: Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th

Time: Noon

About: Selected by the Specialty Coffee Association as the only location in Georgia to host the preliminary event, East Pole’s coffee bar will transform into a competition stage and welcome participants from throughout the Southeast and as far as Seattle––all vying for the title of World Champion. The U.S. Coffee Championships is a series of three events celebrating specialty coffee: Preliminaries, Qualifying Events and Championships. Championship winners will then move on to the World Coffee Championships later this year, where they will represent the United States amongst a field of 65 sanctioned national bodies. On Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18 from 12-5pm, registered participants will face off at East Pole for the CoffeeChamps Barista and Brewers Cup Preliminaries. During the barista preliminary competition, participants like East Pole’s own Whit Hagemann will have just seven minutes to craft their best espresso and milk beverage for two sensory judges, while their preparation skills are assessed by a technical judge. The Brewers Cup Preliminaries will be held simultaneously on both days, and task competitors, including East Pole’s Marvin Duncan, to make two individually brewed coffees for sensory judges in eight short minutes.

Information:

https://uscoffeechampionships.org/

DRAGON CON ANNOUNCES TOP GUESTS FOR 2019 CON

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 8/12/19

Thursday, August 29th to Monday, September 2nd

GEORGE TAKEI, DAVID TENNANT, AND ONCE UPON A TIME’S LANA PARRILLA LEAD ALL-STAR LIST OF CAPED CRUSADERS, SPACE EXPLORERS, AND DENIZENS OF THE SUPERNATURAL 

Guests from Star Trek, Star Wars, Gotham, Shazam!, The Orville, Doctor Who, and other top television shows and movies will meet their fans at Dragon Con

George Takei, Lana Parrilla, and David Tennant lead a long list of celebrity guests headed to Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy, science fiction, and gaming convention, for Labor Day weekend.

Scottish actor David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor of Doctor Who fame, makes a career of bringing fans’ favorite characters to life. Other noted roles of his include Jessica Jones’s Kilgrave, the voice of DuckTales’ Scrooge McDuck, and most recently the demonically charming Crowley of Good Omens.

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 – filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek television series and its first six feature films, George Takei has had a varied career as an actor, writer, and community activist. Fans of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will recognize Lana Parrilla for her award-winning role as the Evil Queen and Mayor of Storybrooke from the show’s nine-year run.

Other top guests from television and movies including Zachary Levi from this summer’s superhero hit Shazam!, Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca from the last four Star Wars movies), Doctor Who’s Catherine Tate and Freema Agyeman, and David Ramsey from CW’s Legends of Tomorrow and other Arrowverse programs will be among the fan favorites on hand to lead discussions, talk with fans, and sign autographs during the five-day convention.

An estimated 85,000 fans will travel to Atlanta from all 50 states and several foreign countries to take part in Dragon Con 2019 –  filling downtown Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 to September 2 – with events and activities across AmericasMart Buildings #1 and #2 and five host hotels – Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Marriott Marquis, Hilton Atlanta, Westin Peachtree, and Sheraton Atlanta.

“We are delighted to have so many guests from so many of today’s most popular or, in the case of classic science fiction, best-loved shows and movies to join us this year,” convention co-chair Rachel Reeves said. “Overall, we will have some 400 guests – not just celebrities, but also actors, authors, artists, and other creators and experts – from across science, science fiction and fantasy worlds, comic books, gaming, and digital media.”

Fans of Star Wars’ plucky soccer-ball droid BB-8 will have a chance to meet his puppeteers, Dave Chapman and Brian Herring. They will be joined by other puppetry guests this year at Dragon Con, including guests from Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

Dragon Con is set to celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary with four actors from Fox’s hit series, Gotham, including Sean Pertwee (Alfred), Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin), Maggie Geha (Ivy) and David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne).

Star Trek fans can debate the various merits of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery versus Fox’s The Orville.  Anson Mount, Discovery’s Captain Pike, Shazad Latif, Emily Coutts, and Ethan Peck, as well as a crew of Orville cast members – Mark Jackson, Peter Macon, Chad Coleman, and J. Lee will be on hand to meet with fans, sign autographs, and lead panels about these space exploration fan favorites.

With no reason to wait for a reunion, Dragon Con will host seven cast members from CW’s Supernatural, which will end its incredible 15-year run in 2020. Mark Sheppard, Samantha Smith, Mark Pellegrino, Osric Chau, Ruth Connell, DJ Qualls, and Ty Olsson will all join Dragon Con fans for this year’s convention.

Farscape will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at Dragon Con, with Lani John Tupo, Anthony Simcoe, Rebecca Riggs, and fan favorite Gigi Edgley.

For fans of the MTV generation, Robert Englund, Freddy Kreuger from The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise will be joined by V castmates Jane Badler and Marc Singer, who also starred in 1982’s The Beastmaster.

This year’s convention will also feature main cast members from some of the most popular sci-fi, fantasy, and alternative historical fiction television shows including Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, iZombie, Legends of Tomorrow, Lucifer, The Man in the High Castle, the Stargate franchise, Warehouse 13, and Wynonna Earp, plus the pop duo Aly & AJ.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend (August 29 -September 2, 2019) in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than 3,500 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music, and gaming over five days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.